Opinion

Jul. 06, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

It’s controversial, but some warn of risks to higher education

Mark Cuban made a big splash several weeks ago when he said there was a building student loan bubble that’s destined to pop.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

Editorial: Celebrating our independence

To many, the Independence Day means fireworks, parades and picnics — or maybe an extra-busy shift in a tourist town, and a wish for a picnic.


Jul. 03, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Letter: Tennessee corruption is not humorous

I had trouble trying to follow the Michael Collins commentary June 18 on corruption. He started out thusly: “A recent collegiate study (what study?) ranked Tennessee as third on the list of most corrupt states in the union.”


Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Ship has sailed on distillery opt-out

Distilleries, once unknown Sevier County, are now the hot new business.


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Michael Collins: Just something about a man and his truck

I am a man with a truck.


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Letter: We’re living through historically poor era of government

If you study U.S. history, you will find several eras of incredibly poor government, lots of crass politics, self-serving leadership, and weak moral character coupled with a fanatical drive. Unfortunately, we are living through one of these times.


Jun. 30, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Editorial: Take precautions when shooting fireworks this week

As Independence Day and all of its celebrations approach, people are undoubtedly making the final plans for their festivities.


Jun. 30, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Letter: Tea Party chairman praises event, outs candidates who broke the rules

On behalf of the Sevier County Tea Party (SCTP), I would like to thank everyone who attended our event, America's Last Stand. I think the purpose of the event was well received; we need to reach out to the populous at large, and encourage them to at least get involved in the voting process.


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

Jason Davis: Hollywood portrayal of Sevier County due next month; it won’t be pretty

To quote one of my all-time favorite movies, “I have a bad feeling about this.”


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 03:56 PM

Cell phone privacy is a critical concern in 21st century

A Wednesday Supreme Court decision may not be too popular in some law enforcement circles, but it’s definitely a big win for American citizens.


Jun. 27, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Walters State’s annual Culinary Camp — which was held this week at Rel Maples Center on the Sevier County campus — is a unique event that demonstrates perfectly how a neighborhood college should interact with its community.


Jun. 26, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Editorial: Through compromise, Baker made things happen

Tennessee lost a true statesman Thursday, as former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker died following complications from a stroke.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Ask the Doc: How much calcium should I take?

Doc, how much calcium should I take to protect my bones?


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Letter: Wife of accident victim recalls event, asks questions

I am writing regarding headlines in The Mountain Press dated June 5, 2014, “Man dies after collision with horse.”


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Editorial: Veterans deserve better

As new revelations came out Monday about the horror some of our nation's veterans have experienced in the VA medical system, it's become all too obvious that system-wide reform is needed.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

Letter: Food ministry needs donations for thrift store

Sevier County Food Ministries has switch to summer gear, which means we're still busy and still helping an average of over 1,500 families in need each week with a bag of groceries.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 04:55 PM

Letter: We are not Deen's 'people'

Your headline in Friday's paper is off. Paula Deen is a cook, not a chef.


Jun. 23, 2014 @ 09:15 AM

Jason Davis: Story of toddler's death sparks rare emotions

As I’ve read the articles concerning the death of Georgia toddler Cooper Harris, I’ve experienced a sadness unlike any I’ve felt before from reading a national news story.


Jun. 22, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

A look at men’s health

The 2014 Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card was released earlier this month by Vanderbilt’s Institute for Medicine and Public Health.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Jeff Farrell: Drivers should pay attention to the road

It might be time to invest in dash cams if you drive around Sevierville very much.


Jun. 20, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Just looking at Elijah James’ smile tells you everything you need to know about him. He’s a bright, shining light, and his life is worth fighting for.


Jun. 18, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

Editorial: Study shows corruption continues in Tennessee

Nearly a decade after landmark political corruption investigations with names like Operation Crooked Highway, Operation Tennessee Waltz and Operation Tarnished Blue, our state is still among the nation's worst when it comes to shenanigans by public officials.


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 05:17 PM

Michael Collins: Thoughts on chicken, corruption and SEC rivalries

A recent collegiate study ranked Tennessee as third on the list of most corrupt states in the union. Third!


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 01:33 PM

Editorial: Pigeon Forge in an economic boom?

These days in Pigeon Forge, it seems like even when something goes wrong, things turn out all right in the end.


Jun. 16, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Editorial: Caution is best policy for new multi-millionaires

A week after someone's financial problems were seemingly solved, many are asking: Where's the big Powerball winner?